The ACT is the common standardized assessment used by many 4-year colleges. Most colleges in the mid-West and many along the coasts will accept the ACT. The ACT is a standardized test comprised of 4 multiple choice sections: English, Math, Reading and Science and an additional 40 minute Writing test.

The ACT predicts the success of students in their first year in college in English, Math, Social Sciences (Reading) and Science courses. Meeting the benchmarks in each area indicates that the probability of a student earning a C or better in each of those core areas in 75% in their first year in college.

The benchmarks are:

ACT Subject ACT Benchmark College Course

English 18 English Composition

Math 22 College Algebra

Reading 22 Social Sciences

Science 23 Biology

STEM 26 Calculus/Science/Engineering

The minimum composite score 4 year colleges (especially the MNSCU schools) typically look for is a 21 but many schools (more selective colleges) look for a higher composite score and others will accept students who score under a 21.

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  • When registering, be sure to enter Becker High School's code (240-190) to ensure Becker receives the students test scores.

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